Monday, July 05, 2010
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. Psalm 27:5
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Psalm 31:20
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalms 32:7
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Psalms 119:114
And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Isaiah 32:2
Whatever challenges, tests, trials, disappointments, or frustration we face, we have a hiding place in the Lord.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36).
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).
Let's be mindful to put a premium on true freedom.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
God gives songs in the night (Job 35:10). Whatever may be the circumstances of your night, your disappointment, your trial, we can turn to God who gives songs in the night. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning" (Psalm 30:5). As long as we continue to look up to Him, we will find the strength to overcome. "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth" (Psalm 121:1-2).
Almost six months have passed, since I started SP. My progress is much more than I thought was possible--25 pounds lost. That was my weight thirty years ago! I've gotten so many compliments. Things were going well, but now I've reached a learning plateau where things seem to be at a standstill, motivation is waning, it is an effort to log-in meals.
If I hold on, I know my change will come. Lord, don't move that mountain; just give me the grace to climb it!
Saturday, May 01, 2010
On 12/31/09 the scale glared back at me-- 149 pounds! This was more than I weighed while nine months pregnant! As my weight was creeping up, I tried to lose but ended up at the same weight or higher.
How did I let myself gain that much weight? The culprit was what is often referred to as comfort foods. I reached for them during my midafternoon slump to give me energy to get through the work day. When I was under pressure or had a trying day, they were there. When I was anxious or working on a difficult project or an impending deadline I found comfort in food.
Looking back, I now see that comfort foods only brought temporary comfort with long-lasting discomfort. Now I had to deal with the long-term effects. In addition to the weight gain, one week later I herniated a disc and have been in pain for the past four months. The extra weight I was carrying may have been a contributing factor.
I was hoping that someone would say something to inspire me, but learned that if I didn't do it for myself, no one else was going to do it for me. I began by praying to the Lord. "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Proverb 3:6). Soon after I received an email with information about Sparkpeople, so I though I'd give it a try.
Spatkpeople has taught me to log-in my foods, so I know, not just guess how many calories I've been consuming. I've been doing this and have lost 25 pounds. Instead of reaching for discomfort foods, I read an article on Sparkpeople. There I can learn about looking two steps ahead or read of someone's inspiring testimony.
My daily schedule had me going from 4:30 am to 7:30 or 9:30 pm on weekdays. Now I've been on crutches for the past four months. I no longer saw food as a source of comfort but as a crutch I was using. Even though I'm still on physical crutches I no longer need the crutch of discomfort foods. I am thrilled at the results. This is the most weight I've ever lost! I can't wait until my back heals so that I can begin walking and exercising.
So next time an uncomfortable feeling comes over you or circumstances seem to be spinning out of control, when that discomfort food is calling your name, reach for the comfort food found in Sparkpeople's many resources.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
When I am weak, then am I strong (II Corinthians 12:10). I find strength in leaning on what is stronger than I. For me, my faith in Jesus carries me through the challenges of life. Knowing that He will never leave me, nor forsake me is a great comfort. Knowing that He has loved me with an everlasting love, gives me hope.
In the natural, I rushed through life, there being so many things that needed to be done. I went from one activity to another, from one project to the next taking it for granted that my good health would get me through.
Now I've been sidelined for three months, having to rest, having time to think and put things in priority. "Coincidentally" (there are no coincidences with God) at the same time I was sidelined, I began SparkPeople.
All things work together to them that love the Lord (Romans 8:28). This time of recuperation has given me valuable time to glean from the SparkPeople site. During those three months I've lost 21 pounds. That is a wonder for me, since in the past it took great effort to lose three pounds only to gain them back again. This site has given me tools to put me on the path to be physically able to take on life's challenges.
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